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Virginia Marie LaFleur


Tue, Jun 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Virginia Marie LaFleur, 92 of Rushford, Minn., died Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home.

Marie Elvina Virginia Fosness LaFleur was born October 30, 1921 in Rugby, North Dakota to Ole and Marie (Roksvaag) Fosness. In a family of 11 children, she was the second oldest. She grew up on a farm near Barton, North Dakota and attended rural school near Barton through eighth grade.

Virginia then went to work helping neighboring families with laundry, cooking, cleaning, and watching children. When Virginia was 21 years old and the United States was engaged in World War II, Virginia moved to Minneapolis to find work. She found work as a housekeeper/nanny. Virginia met Elmer LaFleur at the Stockholm Cafe in Minneapolis when she and a girlfriend had gone for food and dancing. She and Elmer were married on January 17, 1947 at the Rushford Lutheran Church. Elmer was in the U.S. Army and had to finish his tour of duty in Washington State. While he was away, Virginia went home to Barton to help her mother. After Elmer was discharged, the couple moved to Rushford and lived with Elmer’s parents until moving into a home in South Rushford. They lived there until they bought a farm northeast of Rushford. On the farm, Virginia and Elmer raised some livestock, had a greenhouse, and raised and sold vegetables and flowers of every kind. In 1970, Virginia and Elmer built a house in Rushford. Virginia enjoyed cooking, baking, and sewing. She belonged to the Rushford Lutheran Church and WELCA. At WELCA, her passion was quilting. She loved making quilts at the church and for herself. Virginia was expert at mending and patching all types of items and did a lot for her family and for many others who brought items to her. Elmer passed away on December 6, 2001. Virginia continued to live in the home they built until her death.

Virginia is survived by 6 children, Anita (Leonard) Blazejewski of Newfolden, Minn., Maynard (Rhonda) LaFleur of Rushford, Diane (Craig) Vogen of Rushford, Allen (Elizabeth) LaFleur of Rushford, Eileen (Louie) Peterson of Caledonia, Minn., and Curtis (Brenda) LaFleur of Harmony, Minn.; 2 brothers, Norman Fosness of Fargo, N.D. and Einer Fosness of Hovert, Wash.; 3 sisters, Dorothy Gronvold of Butte, Mont., Elsie Arends of Butte, and Mae Metcalfe of Dunseith, N.D.; 13 grandchildren; 6 step-grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer; parents Ole and Mar .....
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Highway 43 construction begins in Rushford

Tue, Jun 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford All

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter a detour in Rushford when construction begins soon on Highway 43 in a project that will replace the street and improve curb, gutter, sidewalks and utilities along a one-mile stretch in the city, accordin ..... 
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Highway 43 construction begins in Rushford

Tue, Jun 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford All

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter a detour in Rushford when construction begins soon on Highway 43 in a project that will replace the street and improve curb, gutter, sidewalks and utilities along a one-mile stretch in the city, accordin ..... 
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Highway 43 construction begins in Rushford

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford All

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter a detour in Rushford when construction begins soon on Highway 43 in a project that will replace the street and improve curb, gutter, sidewalks and utilities along a one-mile stretch in the city, according ..... 
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In response to Elizabeth Mitchell

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, If you were like many rural Minnesota school districts and were handed more than $200 million, how would you spend it? Would you hire more teachers and school employees, provide the best resources available to our students, or hand ..... 
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RASA’s “The Butler Did It” modifies production dates to July 9-13

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Rushford Area Society of the Arts Community Theater production of, “The Butler Did It”, written by Tim Kelly, will be held a week earlier this year than in the past. It will NOT be held during Rushford Day’s Celebration. The production wil ..... 
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More events scheduled for Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers’ Market

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Home & Garden

The upstart market, now in its second season, has seen a surge of interest. The 25-vendor market is continuing to grow in size and offerings. The product list now includes fruit, vegetables, herbs, wild edibles, honey, maple syrup, canned goods, bre ..... 
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R-P moves new referendum forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Options regarding the new school initiative and a November 4, 2014 referendum were recently presented to the Rushford-Peterson District School Board. Gary Olson, of Ehler’s & Associates, and Dean Beeninga, of architectural firm ATS&R, presented th ..... 
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Rushford preps for Highway 43 project, deals with illegal dumping

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Indications of the impending road project are starting to become noticeable and the city is making strides to make sure that local traffic and visitors know that the city businesses are open. Large construction signs bearing “Road Closed” warnin ..... 
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